Daylight Saving Time: The myths and the truths

Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, permanently moved its time zone ahead an hour three years ago to give its popular beach resorts more daylight.

A hearing is scheduled for both bills on Monday.

As we prepare to spring forward this weekend and B.C. Premier John Horgan ponders moving to a unified time zone with the United States, a new study questions the goal of Daylight Saving Time.

Though the USA has other daylight policies dating back to 1918, daylight saving time as it's now observed is because of the Uniform Time Act, signed in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

MA state Senator John Keenan is one of the advocates for permanent daylight savings.

This annual small jump forward in time may make those longing for some extra daylight happy, but others find it an antiquated practice, and question its place in 21st-century life. According to Marketplace, the farming lobby was so heavily against the concept, they kept peacetime daylight saving law from being implemented in the USA until 1966.

This year legislation in Washington state and Alaska could make it more interesting when time comes for the "fall back" process in November. Hawaii observes Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) all year.

Not ever place observes DST, however.

"If you want to cut off 25 per cent of the productiveness of the American farmer, just keep this law on the books", Prerau quotes one agricultural lobby as arguing during an effort to repeal daylight saving time in 1919. Some notable exceptions who do include Iran, Israel and Syria. In most of Arizona, daylight saving time does not exist. But remember, their seasons are the opposite of ours.

It's always Daylight Saving Time.

According to National Geographic, George Hudson came up with the basis for the modern concept of Daylight Saving Time in 1895, proposing a two-hour shift, seeking more hours of afternoon daylight to hunt for insects. Congress however must ultimately approve.

- Others: Montana and New Hampshire have passed bills that later failed in the other chamber of their state legislature.

The bill is in committee in the state capitol.

States and territories are allowed to individually opt out of observing Daylight Saving Time.

  • Joey Payne